We had an unbelievable experience hiking Kilimanjaro with Adam Ringo in December, and his team got all four of us to the summit. He came highly recommended by friends, and after our trip, choosing Ringo is the way to go.
> Unrivaled Experience: Our trek was Adam’s 235th time climbing Kilimanjaro. 235 trips x 7 days is well over Malcom Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule!
> High Success Rate: By his account, he has a >95% success rate. His insistence on pole pole, carrying oxygen tanks (I’m grateful they had it for summit day), and a bumping playlist;
> Great Food: Talented chef making dishes ranging from pasta to fried rice… much better than you would expect for a week-long climb;
> Stellar Team: Team of 17 guides and porters for our group of four… knowledgeable and friendly, and they’re all from the Moshi area so you know you’re giving back to the local economy;
> Good Gear: Besides the Bluetooth speakers and oxygen tanks, one of the porters carried a portable toilet which is key, since the public toilets at camp are foul
Thank you Adam for a once in a lifetime trip! Waiting for you to visit us in NYC.
Review by Rebecha7 months ago
We (myself and three friends) had the privilege of summiting Kilimanjaro with Adam Ringo and the Ringo Expeditions team. In hindsight, selecting them as our guides was hands down the best decision we made on our trip.
Ringo operates a smaller operation than some of the other outfits you will see on the mountain. Make no mistake about it, this is to your advantage as a client. Think of this as being the small company experience (which comes with vastly superior customer service) relative to what you'd get with a big company.
Once you are the mountain it becomes clear quickly that not all guides are created equal. Particularly as you approach the summit, topics like paying personal attention to the individual condition of the climbers in your group, making go/no decisions based on weather, etc. separate the experts on the mountain from those newer to the guiding experience. The level of personal care and attention given to individual climbers--which should be your number one priority if you are planning a Kili trek--is unmatched with Ringo's group. Adam's best in class summiting track record is evidence of this fact.
We were lucky enough to find Adam through word of mouth from other friends of ours who had summited with him previously. We hope that this review helps keep that word of mouth going. If you want to climb Kili, Adam Ringo should be your first call.
PS: Adam is also well connected with a number of top notch safari guides who he works with for clients (like us) who want to do both. If you're planning to tack on a safari after the climb (highly recommended), talk to him about that too.
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